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4 January 1981 (UK) See more »
Helena loves Bertram, but he's of noble birth, while she's just a doctor's daughter. But Bertram is at the court of the King of France... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Celia Johnson ... Countess of Rousillon

Ian Charleson ... Bertram

Michael Hordern ... Lafeu
Angela Down ... Helena
Peter Jeffrey ... Parolles
Kevin Stoney ... Countess's Stewart

Donald Sinden ... King of France

Robert Lindsay ... First French Lord

Dominic Jephcott ... Second French Lord

Paul Brooke ... Lavache

James Simmons ... Bachelor
John Segal ... Bachelor
Peter Sands ... Bachelor
Yves Aubert ... Bachelor
Terence McGinity ... First Gentleman
Max Arthur ... Second Gentleman
Rosemary Leach ... Widow of Florence
Pippa Guard ... Diana
Joolia Cappleman ... Mariana
Nickolas Grace ... The Soldier
Valentine Dyall ... The Astringer

Directed by
Elijah Moshinsky 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Giovanni Boccaccio  story (uncredited)
William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
Jonathan Miller .... producer
Joseph Papp .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen Oliver 
Film Editing by
Graham Taylor 
Production Design by
David Myerscough-Jones 
Costume Design by
Colin Lavers 
Makeup Department
Suzan Broad .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Derek Miller-Timmins .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Atkinson .... senior camera operator
John Summers .... lighting technician
Other crew
Eleanor Fazan .... choreographer
David Snodin .... script editor
John Wilders .... literary consultant
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: All's Well That Ends Well" - USA (video title)
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Greece:141 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Director Elijah Moshinsky composed many of the shots as live action replicas of the paintings of Johannes Vermeer.See more »
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Version of All's Well That Ends Well (1978) (TV)See more »


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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Shakespeare's Dark Tale of Obsession and Desire!, 11 January 2006
Author: Dan1863Sickles from Troy, NY

Chaste, thoughtful Helena loves cold, self-centered Bertram. But when the handsome young man rejects her common birth with aristocratic scorn, unexpected events lead to deception and passion! This dark Shakespeare play is one of the real gems of the BBC collection. Everything is right about the costumes, the actors, the sets, and the lush sensuality of the presentation. Ian Charleson as Bertram is more of a villain than a hero through much of the play, laughing at Helena's tears and running off to play with his soldier friends. Yet when lust strikes him in turn, he is humbled. Pippa Guard is refined and hauntingly beautiful as Diana, the girl from the "wrong side of the tracks" (or the Elizabethan equivalent) whom the haughty Bertram plans to seduce. Diana is not just a cheap tramp. She has a desperate purity. Far from welcoming the noble's advances, she reacts like a frightened deer, or a cornered rabbit, shying from Bertram's cynical touch. Only the shrewd scheming of Helena and her high-born friends (including a king who recognizes her true worth) allows her to capture Bertram's heart at last. Humbled and humiliated by his total downfall, (and Diana's scorn) Bertram falls into forgiving Helena's open arms and proclaims his passionate devotion.

A sexy play, full of romantic longing, arrogant elegance, and sheer unadulterated desire!

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